The first £100m player could happen in next year - who will it be?

Could a successful World Cup see Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester United buy or sell the world's first £100m player?

The Premier League's collective shopping throughout the summer, which exceeded £630m, is a contributing factor to the prospect of the world's first £100m player arriving in the next few years, potentially even next summer, according to one financial expert.

'Obviously you need the right player to be on the market for that to happen,' commented Dan Jones of the Sports Business Group at financial consultants Deloitte to BBC Five Live earlier in the week.

It took four years for a player to supersede Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's most expensive footballer but, in the past, the record has moved on an extra £10m in the space of just one season. While Gareth Bale exited Tottenham Hotspur for Real Madrid in a £85.3m deal last week, that figure could be dwarfed as early as next summer if one player enjoys a breakthrough year and 'has an amazing World Cup'.

Jones continued: 'A lot of things came together for the Bale deal as they did for Ronaldo four years ago. But for the right player, a player who has an amazing World Cup or European championships, I could definitely see it happening in the next few years.'

Transfer fee record profession since 2000

Luis Figo Barcelona Real Madrid £37m 2000
Zinedine Zidane Juventus Real Madrid £46.6m 2001
Kaka AC Milan Real Madrid £56m 2009
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Real Madrid £80m 2009
Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur Real Madrid £85.3m 2013

On current valuations, the only player worth in excess of £100m, is Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who they regard to be worth £105m. At £88m, Ronaldo is not far behind, while Bale, Andre Iniesta and Edinson Cavani constitute the remaining top five with £57m, £57m and £53m market valuations, respectively.

If the world's most expensive footballer was to come from the Premier League, as has been the case in the most recent two records, then the current highest valued footballer is Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, priced at £44m.

After Rooney, there are a number of Premier League players but all are valued below £40m, such as Juan Mata (£39.5m), Robin van Persie (£39.5m), Eden Hazard (£37m), Luis Suarez (£37m), Mesut Ozil (£35m) and David Silva (£35m).

Rooney was subjected to a number of testing bids in the summer from Chelsea, however, Jose Mourinho's initial £20m fee failed to tempt David Moyes. If the Englishman has an excellent season with club side United and claims a number of honours, he could see his transfer value rise, though it would be unlikely that he will end the summer with a World Cup title with the Three Lions.

A new broadcast deal sees Premier League clubs split £600m of revenue this season, which, combined with other revenues, shows that certain clubs have large enough transfer budgets to place exorbitant transfer fees, there is perhaps still a lack of talent that would warrent such a sum. (Messi excluded).

When do you think the world's first £100m transfer will be made? Who do you think will be the player to be valued that highly? Let us know in the comment section below…

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